First task on my list for my Fresh Start Week is the living room. She needs a good de-clutter, organising and cleaning which according to this article I found via apartmenttherapy.com is more difficult than you think. The part I found interesting was when it pointed out that there is a reason we always underestimate how long spring cleaning takes. This is because you’re actually using many different parts of your brain as you go. Cleaning is a physical task, organising is an intellectual one as you’re trying to categorise items, but the real kicker is de-cluttering as it’s physical, intellectual and emotional as you’re dealing with memories and feelings of security attached to ‘having stuff’.
So once that stuff is out of the way today, here is what I’ve been playing with on floorplanner.
This is the current layout. I live by myself in a subdivided villa which are pretty common in Auckland. There is a hallway off which come the bedroom, bathroom/laundry and the living/kitchen space seen here. I love the house – it’s old and hasn’t been done up much with beat-up wooden floors and high ceilings and a gorgeous bay window.
There is a window on the side which overlooks the neighbours (I’ve since added some window film for privacy).
- I want to swap the table to something bigger that I can cut out on rather than the floor. The bay window doesn’t have much of a view (unless you like watching cars) but it gets a lot of natural light that I’d like to use. Currently the table is by the fireplace which is too cramped when you’re moving between the sewing machine, overlocker and ironing board.
- I have two thrifted dressers I use for storage. The one in the photo above, I’m moving to the bedroom but the one below will stay and I want to add some shelving for fabric and patterns.
So I’m really down to these three ideas:
Meanwhile I’m stalking the Blue Gardenia’s Sewing Spaces series for ideas.